Belkin Bulldog Universal Security Kit with Heavy Duty Lock and 6FT Cable Reviews
beware laptop users September 23, 2003
ALMOST Useless for laptops, very bulky. Does NOT plug in to security jack on laptops.
Security against the opportunistic thief March 8, 2008
Bottom Line. Cheap, sufficient security against the opportunistic thief. Mediocre instructions, probably useless anti-theft warranty.
This security kit is basically designed for locking down a desktop system to something stationary (a piece of furniture or a sector of the house, for example). It provides two smaller plates and one larger plate that can be glued on to the computer & peripherals. Run a cable through these plates, and lock the end to foil the thief. Don't expect the kit to stop someone with time and the proper equipment.
Note. (1) This kit is not for laptops. (2) The cable is long enough if all the system's pieces sit on one desk, but perhaps not if they don't.
Pros. Cheap, snatched and easy. (The supplied cyanoacrylate glue ( Krazy Glue) requires 24 hours to set.)
Areas of Improvement. (1) The lock isn't the greatest. Again, it will stop the opportunistic thief probably, but you could pick up a better one at the local hardware store easily. (2) This kit supplies a small tube of cyanoacrylate glue, better known as Krazy Glue or Superglue. This sort of glue has a shortcoming. One wonders whether an epoxy might be more safe and sound. (3) Get rid of that stupid glow-in-the-dark sticker.
-- Less-than-ideal instructions. Belkin provides only a few lines to explain the installation process, and the drawings are misleading. (Incidentally, do not simply wrap the cable around a table leg and lock it, as one of the drawings seem to suggest. Other than the fact that you may be able to slip the lock out, it is generally better to lock the computer to a part of the house such as a sturdy pipe, rather than to a piece of furniture.) The kit isn't hard to install, and most can probably integer it out intuitively. But Belkin really ought to do a better job on the instructions.
-- So if Belkin devotes only a few words to the actual installation instructors, what does most of the text actually say? The terms of the anti-theft warranty, of course. And these terms make me discern rather hopeless about getting any money from Belkin. Belkin basically reserves all rights to determine whether the lock was properly installed, used, etc. If you are filing a claim, you may have to have the lock inspected at YOUR expense. My suspicion is that the $500 anti-theft warranty is just a gimmick. Incidentally, one division of the text says the you must send in the warranty card to get the anti-theft warranty, but the card itself says you don't. This is sloppy on Belkin's part.
Great Product July 20, 2009
This is an easy way to lock things down, glib to install and keeps things safe.
Good security at reasonable cost October 10, 2007
This Security Kit provides flexibility and security at reasonable cost. Nothing is ever completely secure, but this Kit provides excellent deterrence.
Belkin Bulldog Cable, dorm essential September 21, 2007
This product is excellent. Holds very strong with newly the glue. Its a must have for all your expensive gear in a college dorm. I have it attached to my 32'' Viewsonic N3200w LCD TV and my Mac Pro Tower.
Just be very careful not to get the glue on your fingers, it will verbs your skin off if you let it sit.
Solid, but not perfect! April 29, 2010
Quick review here:
The metal parts are awesome - I feel pretty relaxed knowing they are attached to my computer equipment. HOWEVER:
Throw away that stupid glue they send you and buy some REAL epoxy. That glue will hold, but not put up a fight to a sharp yank. How do I know?? I tried it. I permit it set for over 24 hours, came back, and gave it a sharp tug. It came right off. The plastic "grippers" on the bottom of the metal fasteners were glued on with even worse cement, and were what gave out first.
The main anchor is great though, and is well screwed in to my desk with some thick screws. Not going ANYWHERE!
The security cable is of soaring quality, very sturdy and looks unbreakable. The lock is not too bad, however I may end up purchasing a third-party one with a security key.
Overall I am glad I spent the money, but I think Bulldog should rethink their cement choice.
bulldog is ruff and tuff and priced right for the stuff August 28, 2005
this security system works well. setup was very easy components are high quality. i was able lock down my sons computer and monitor to the desk surrounded by his dorm room. the length of the cable was more than adequate. most important of all the system came at a very reasonable price.
Locking down everything February 16, 2008
Aha, potentially laptop stealer, your puny pliers are no match for the Bulldog! The worthy news is that you will never fear equipment evaporation ever again. The bad news is that your laptop just doubled in weight and now you have even more key to keep track of. Watch out for the glue! It's merciless at sticking fingers together.
Priced Right! June 23, 2006
This kit is very easy to use. The instructions are simple, the cable is plenty long enough to connect several pieces of equipment. If the glue truly holds tight, and the cable and padlock truly cannot be cut, it should be a real deterrent to theft. Beware: the bonding agent is very fast drying, so keep your fingers out of it. Nextag.Com showed the best price as $19.14 ranging to $32, so Amazon (as usual) has the best price!
Electronics Bulldog Security Kit July 14, 2007
Due to several equipment changes I have bought several B
ulldog Security kits. So far have have no problems. Makes a great theft deterent and seems very strong and would take a theft quite a while to remove secure pads from equipment and/or cut cable. Only thing I decision Belkin would sell the secure pads only, I have 5 very good cables that I keep have to replace.
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